Cancer of unknown primary is the 5th most common cause of cancer death in the UK, accounting for 6% of all cancer deaths (2016).[1-3]
In males in the UK, cancer of unknown primary is the 6th most common cause of cancer death (5% of all male cancer deaths). In females in the UK it is the 4th most common cause of cancer death (6% of all female cancer deaths).
47% of cancer of unknown primary deaths in the UK are in males, and 53% are in females.
Cancer of unknown primary mortality rates (European age-standardised
Cancer Of Unknown Primary (C77-C80), Number of Deaths, Crude and European Age-Standardised (AS) Mortality Rates per 100,000 Population, UK, 2016
|AS Rate - 95% LCL||16.2||15.1||18.4||13.5||16.4|
|AS Rate - 95% UCL||17.2||18.6||23.2||19.8||17.4|
|AS Rate - 95% LCL||14.0||12.6||15.8||9.6||14.1|
|AS Rate - 95% UCL||14.9||15.4||19.7||14.1||15.0|
|AS Rate - 95% LCL||15.1||14.1||17.5||11.9||15.2|
|AS Rate - 95% UCL||15.7||16.2||20.5||15.6||15.8|
For cancer of unknown primary mortality differences between countries largely reflect differences in incidence.
- Data were provided by the Office for National Statistics on request, October 2017. Similar data can be found here: http://www.ons.gov.uk/peoplepopulationandcommunity/birthsdeathsandmarriages/deaths.
- Data were provided by ISD Scotland on request, October 2017. Similar data can be found here: http://www.isdscotland.org/Health-Topics/Cancer/Publications/index.asp.
- Data were provided by the Northern Ireland Cancer Registry on request, December 2017. Similar data can be found here: http://www.qub.ac.uk/research-centres/nicr/.
About this data
Data is for UK, 2016, ICD-10 C77-C80.